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Cry of the Banshee (1970)

 -  Horror  -  22 July 1970 (USA)
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In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader, Oona. Oona calls up a magical servant, a "banshee", to ... See full summary »

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Essy Persson ...
Lady Patricia Whitman
Hilary Heath ...
Maureen Whitman (as Hilary Dwyer)
Carl Rigg ...
Harry Whitman
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Sean Whitman
Marshall Jones ...
Father Tom
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Bully Boy
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Burke
Pamela Moiseiwitsch ...
Maid
Joyce Mandre ...
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Robert Hutton ...
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Guy Deghy ...
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Oona (as Elizabeth Bergner)
Patrick Mower ...
Roderick
Victoria Fairbrother ...
Margaret Donald (witch) (as Pamela Farbrother)
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In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader, Oona. Oona calls up a magical servant, a "banshee", to destroy the lord's family. (The "banshee" of this tale bears no resemblance to the normal usage of the term!) Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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Edgar Allan Poe probes new depths of TERROR!

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Rated R for violence and nudity | See all certifications »
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22 July 1970 (USA)  »

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De vloek van Satan  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Film debut of Stephen Rea. See more »

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This film is set in the 16th century. But in the first scene, when the girl is branded, she opens her mouth to scream and shows a full set of teeth with amalgam fillings. See more »

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Lord Edward Whitman: [to the crowd partying at his castle, when they have been frightened by a wolf's howl] That mad dog that you all thought the product of sorcery is DEAD.
[glowering, he adds after a moment:]
Lord Edward Whitman: Now drink, dance, and be merry.
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Born by Fire, Dies by Fire
30 August 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The wicked and powerful magistrate Lord Edward Whitman (Vincent Price) is a witch hunter with his cruel sons Sean (Stephan Chase), Burke (Michael Elphick) and Bully Boy (Andrew McCulloch) in a small village in England. His wife Lady Patricia Whitman (Essy Persson) is deranged with the wickedness of Edward. His daughter Maureen (Hilary Heath) is secretly in love with her stepbrother Roderick (Patrick Mower), who was an orphan found by Edward wandering on the fields.

Edward's son Harry (Carl Rigg) returns home after graduating in the university with Father Tom (Marshall Jones) that is assigned to the local parish and he is surprised with the behavior of his father and brothers. Edward hunts down the witch Oona (Elizabeth Bergner) and her harmless followers and kills many of them. Oona summons Satan seeking revenge against Edward and the Whitman family. Satan's emissary surprisingly is Roderick, who has power to control animals and was born by fire. Will Roderick be capable to harm his foster family?

"Cry of the Banshees" is a cruel horror movie one of the best performances of Vincent Price in the role of a cruel magistrate. The sets and costumes are realistic and a good replica of a medieval village. The creature looks like a werewolf and not a banshee. Oona's followers seem to be in a bacchanal and not worshiping the devil. The plot begins showing the cruelties of Edward and his sons with the poor women in the name of God but in the end it seems to support their abusive behavior showing the victims as Satanists. My vote is eight.

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